COVID-19

COVID-19

Voluntary FFCRA Leave Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed comprehensive legislation into law designed to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (the “Plan”) contains important provisions impacting employers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Follow LHD Quarantine Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals

The answer to the question of whether a fully vaccinated individual needs to quarantine following “close contact” exposure to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case depends on the guidance from your local health department.

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IDPH Supplements Quarantine Guidance to Account for Vaccinations

IDPH recently issued interim quarantine guidance for vaccinated school employees. Notably, the interim guidance does not replace the IDPH’s existing exclusion chart, which is summarized in our January 7, 2021 Law Alert. Rather, it accounts for employees—not students—who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.  In summary, the supplemental guidance states: Symptomatic employees need not be excluded…

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Employers Seek Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives

In a February 1, 2021 letter, several employers and business organizations, urged the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to provide guidance on employer-provided COVID-19 vaccine incentives.

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IDPH Punts to Local Health Departments on Implementation of Shortened Quarantine Protocol

Written by Todd K. Hayden, Catherine R. Locallo and Jack Klinker This is an update to our December 3, 2020 Law Alert announcing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) options to reduce the quarantine protocol for close contacts of a COVID-19 case.  As a reminder, the CDC’s shortened quarantine guidelines provide options for 10- or 7-day…

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Educational Support Staff RIF Checklist

As school districts continue to confront the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they may also be facing unprecedented financial challenges. In response to these challenges, all options available to reduce costs, including workforce reductions, may need to be considered. School districts may determine it necessary to implement a reduction-in-force (“RIF”) of its educational support personnel (“ESPs”), including paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, bus drivers, payroll clerks, and custodial and maintenance employees.

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Stimulus Bill Gives Employers Option of Extending FFCRA Leave

On December 27, 2020, the federal government authorized $900 billion in stimulus funds through passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act to provide additional relief relative to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

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EEOC Updates Guidance on Vaccinations

In the days since the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to healthcare workers in the U.S., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance for vaccinations in the workplace. The guidance document explains how an employer’s vaccine program interacts with and implicates anti-discrimination statutes like the ADA, Title VII, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). It also provides parameters for employers who wish to require/administer vaccines.

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CDC Shortens Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) published an updated quarantine guidance document titled “Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing.” This publication provides guidelines which local health departments may choose to adopt to shorten quarantine protocols for close contacts of a COVID-19 case.

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CDC Further Updates Travel Guidance

On November 21, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) updated its “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination” and issued several other travel-related publications.

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